Book recommendation – “Dubliners” by James Joyce

Dubliners James JoyceIn “Dubliners” published in 1914, Joyce paints a literary portrait of an entire society.

The book comprises 15 short stories that glimpse into the lives of different sets of people in Dublin. The author is exploring what it measn to be Irish at a time in history when the Northern Ireland issue was coming to the fore and World War I was about to begin.

“Dubliners” is a subtle critique of the Irish capital, imbued with an underlying tone of tragedy. Through his various characters, Joyce displays the complicated relationships, hardships and mundane details of everyday life and the desire for escape.

“One by one they were all becoming shades. Better pass boldy into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.”

“Dubliners” is currently on sale at the Librairie Française in Luxembourg  city-centre.

The Reader- by Bernhard Schlink

I haven’t been blogging for a while. Somehow, I lacked curiosity and therefore, inspiration.

But one of these days, I’ve come across a book that drew my attention. THE READER.
Never heard of it before, never knew who Bernhard Schlink was or what he had previously published.

So, the deal sounds like that: Behind the mistery lies a truth, that will make you question everything you know!

Any guesses?

It’s all about guilt and frustration.
The plot starts uncovering the romance story of a teenager and a more grown-up woman. But love is only the frame, the layout that holds the deeper meaning and the limit of forgiveness.

The boy: is just a dreamer who gets obssesed by the misterious woman.
Hanna: is haunted by her past as a Nazi guard at Auschwitz, past that will chase her up and give her life a new direction.

If you are interested in the past, or want to know more about the implications of the Holocaust, The Reader is the book to read. It doesn’t abound in historical events but describes the difficulty of evading the past. Schlink explores the conflict between generations in post-Nazi Germany, wrestling with collective guilt and individual motivation.

The Reader was turned into a highly-acclaimed film, as well. Starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes, the movie was directed by Stephen Dalry and was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Director.

Discovering the Life and Laughing of Michael McIntyre

Michael McIntyre

I like reading autobiographies. I think they can be good fun, are a great source of information and always provide you with ways of exploring very little known aspects from the life of a famous person.

A short time ago, I discovered a charity shop which was displaying the story of Michael McIntyre- a very pragmatic individual about whom I only knew that he used to be part of the judging panel for Britain’s Got Talent.
I never really fancied him, not as a judge, nor as stand-up comedian, but seeing his book right there just opened up a curiosity. And so I purchased it.
I have read more than half of his story now, and little awaits to be explored, but I genuinely liked every single page and discovered a very normal and humble guy whose life has not always been glam or easy.
He somehow transferred his talent for comedy into writing and produced a sincere, hilarious and poignant piece of work.
I have definitely got to know more about who Michael McIntyre really is and realised that sometimes you put a wrong label on people by not showing enough interest and effort to know more about them.

If you ever come across his book, it’s worth reading it. You’ll end up relating your life memoirs to his childhood and teenage stories.